May 21, 2020
Currently we’re unsure of our plans to open in 2020 (although we are looking into restrictions put in place for outdoor businesses). BUT, in other news we’re excited to have @lunariagardens planting at Pentridge Station. Read more below👇
Introduction post! I’m Kristen, the grower/ forager/ designer behind Lunaria in West Philadelphia. I farm across several plots, primarily for weddings, but as this pandemic has shifted most of our couples’ plans, I’m now doing more wholesaling to florists. I’m glad they’re able to continue providing flowers to folks, even if they’re mostly looking for cheery brights, instead of the wedding whites I planned on! 😂
I’m 30-something, queer, polyamorous, and gender non-conforming. Re pronouns, in the words of @rupaulofficial, “you can call me he, you can call me she, you can call me Regis + Kathie Lee.” .
I’m very emotionally connected to this city. Both of my grandmothers grew up in W Philly - one a few blocks away from my house in Cedar Park, and the other near @bartramsgarden. When I was 2, my parents bought a fixer upper just outside city limits, in a neighborhood they otherwise couldn’t afford, in order to give me a better education than the Phila School District could provide. I grew up with a hyperawareness of class - I felt poor compared to my suburban classmates, while my Tacony cousins thought I was rich. .
Yes, I operate a biz - but there is a subversive mission. Firstly, I want to provide alternatives to the trad floral trade, in which 80%+ of flowers are imported, many from exploited Latinx workers, relying on chemicals that are banned in the US. I want to strengthen Philadelphia’s urban habitat, economy, human connection. And I want a % of my labor + harvest to benefit grassroots orgs + the marginalized. I have too much social anxiety for canvassing or protests, but I can support movement work in other ways. Let your QT/POC and organizer comrades know I provide discounts or donations.
I have a few past lives/ weird hobbies, but I especially love getting down to hip hop, afrobeat, reggaeton, Latin, house/ ball. The desire to dance to my fave music in a safe space in West